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'Mummy' Reboot: Universal Planning 'Dark' Franchise Re-Starter

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 4/2012 4:48 pm Updated: 04/ 4/2012 4:48 pm

Mummy Reboot

The "Mummy" reboot you've been waiting for has finally arrived? Variety reports that Jon Spaihts will write the script for "The Mummy," which was last seen onscreen in 2008.

Spaihts also wrote "Prometheus" (though Damon Lindelof, credited as "Prometheus" co-writer, has been getting the lion's share of pre-release buzz), and he told Variety that the new version of "The Mummy" would be "dark" in nature. His only other screen credit is the 2011 bomb "The Darkest Hour," which came and went from theaters with little audience interest last December.

Like "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Mummy" is another recently successful franchise rebooted for a new audience that might still enjoy the previous efforts. The film emerged as a popular franchise for Universal in 1999; starring Brendan Fraser, "The Mummy" earned $415 million worldwide. Two sequels followed -- "The Mummy Returns" ($430 million worldwide) and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ($410 million worldwide) -- plus a spin-off, "The Scorpion King," with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a starring role.

Last year, The Huffington Post wondered if mummies were overtaking zombies as the go-to monster for horror aficionados, after three museum exhibitions opened within weeks of each other. The success of "The Walking Dead" might have dimmed that hope, but perhaps this new "Mummy" franchise will ignite things again.

"The Mummy" began as one of Universal's original monster features alongside "Frankenstein" and "Dracula." The 1932 film starred Boris Karloff as the titular bandaged baddie. No word yet on cast or directing options for this new version.

[via Variety]

PHOTOS: Mummies Around The World

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  • Mummies Around The World

    This mummy, known as "Mumab," is only 15 years old but it was done in the ancient Egyptian style by Dr. Bob Brier and Ronn Wade, who used the cadaver of a Baltimore man who died in his seventies of heart failure, and donated his body to science.

  • The ancient Egyptians used to remove the vital organs of the people they mummified and would place them in airtight canopic jars.

  • Mummies Around The World

    This Peruvian child mummy, known as the "Detmold Child," has been radiocarbon dated to 4504-4457 B.C. -- more than 3,000 years before the birth of King Tut. The child, which was about 10 months old when it died, naturally mummified in the hot, arid desert environment.

  • Mummies Around The World

    Michael Orlovits and his wife, Veronica, and son Johannes, are part of a group of 18th century mummies discovered in a long, forgotten church crypt in the town of Vac, Hungary, in 1994. Born in 1765, Michael died in 1806 at the age of 41. He worked as a miller, grinding grain into flour and is wearing a replica of the original clothing in which he was buried.

  • Mummies Around The World

    This young woman with long, black hair was naturally mummified in the warm desert air, seated in the burial position typical in Chile before 1400 A.D. She was wrapped in fabric after her death, the impression of which is still visible on her chin and cheeks. She has unusual tattoos; an oval with a dot inside on both breasts and beneath the left corner of her mouth. Little is known about the meaning of these mysterious tattoos.

  • Mummies Around The World

    This howler monkey is from the site of Grand Chaco, in Argentina, South America. It has not been radiocarbon dated, but it is likely that the monkey was naturally preserved in the warm, dry environment of the area and prepared for display, with a rhea feather skirt and feather wreath around its head and neck.

  • Mummies Around The World

    This Egyptian mummy is an adult man who was unwrapped long after his mummification. Analysis of a CT scan data shows that the man was around 45 to 50 years old and around 5 feet, 4 inches tall when he died. The body still has the remains of the gold that was applied to his face and hands during the mummification process. His fingernails are dark red, although it is not yet known if this was caused by disease or was cosmetic.

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